Release meaning

rĭ-lēs
The definition of a release is a letting go, setting free or relief.

An example of release is the allowing of a person to be free from the terms of a contract.

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To let go or let loose.

To release an arrow.

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(law) To give up or surrender to someone else (a claim, right, etc.)
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A document authorizing release, as from an obligation, from prison, etc.
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The act of letting loose something caught, held in position, etc.
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A device to release a catch, etc., as for starting or stopping a machine.
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Freeing from an obligation or commitment.
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Liberating one from a duty or claim that she could have been held legally liable for.
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Surrendering of a right or title.
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A written permission to publish or to quote in print, given to a newspaper or book publisher by the quote’s legal owner.
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A discharge from custody, confinement, or imprisonment, whether with certain provisos or unconditionally.
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The event of setting (someone or something) free (e.g. hostages, slaves, prisoners, caged animals, hooked or stuck mechanisms).
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(software) The distribution of an initial or new and upgraded version of a computer software product; the distribution can be both public or private.
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Anything recently released or made available (as for sale).

The video store advertised that it had all the latest releases.

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That which is released, untied or let go.

They marked the occasion with a release of butterflies.

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To let go (of); to cease to hold or contain.

He released his grasp on the lever.

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To make available to the public.

They released the new product later than intended.

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To free or liberate; to set free.

He was released after two years in prison.

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They released thousands of gallons of water into the river each month.

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(telephony) (of a call) To hang up.

If you continue to use abusive language, I will need to release the call.

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(law) To let go, as a legal claim; to discharge or relinquish a right to, as lands or tenements, by conveying to another who has some right or estate in possession, as when the person in remainder releases his right to the tenant in possession; to quit.
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To loosen; to relax; to remove the obligation of.

To release an ordinance.

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(soccer) To set up; to provide with a goal-scoring opportunity.
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To lease again; to grant a new lease of; to let back.
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Release is defined as to set free or to relieve.

An example of release is to set a bird free from captivity.

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(law) To surrender (a right, claim, or title).
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A device or catch for locking or releasing a mechanism.
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To set free, as from confinement, duty, work, etc.
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To grant freedom from a tax, penalty, obligation, etc.
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To set free from pain, cares, etc.; relieve.
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To permit to be issued, shown, published, broadcast, etc.; put into circulation.
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A setting free or being set free; deliverance; liberation.
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A freeing or being freed from a tax, obligation, etc.
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Origin of release

  • Middle English relesen from Old French relaissier alteration of relacher from Latin relaxāre relax

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French relaisser (variant of relascher).

    From Wiktionary

  • re- +"Ž lease

    From Wiktionary